OPM: Treasury Loopholes Facilitated Shs 50bn Plunder


sildenafil symptoms geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Three donor partners Ireland, Sweden and Denmark contributed an equivalent of Shs 39, 319,399,151 into the PRDP (Peace and Recovery Development Plan) Holding Account between October 2010 and June 2012.

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The funds were supposed to be transferred to the Consolidated Fund Account on instruction of Mr. Gutavo Bwoch, the Accountant General under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – but this never happened.

The leaked PAC report indicates that only Shs 10,161,775,000 was transferred to that account and the sum of Shs 27,125,103,826 was diverted to other dormant accounts under OPM to facilitate the graft.

“Shs 20,171,576,247 was fraudulently transferred to Crisis Management and Recovery Programme and Shs 6,953,527,579 to National Policy for Disaster Management,” the PAC report reads in part.

The officials in charge utilized the internal control weaknesses at the Treasury to carry out their fraud.

MPs said the “Use of generic passwords instead of specific passwords for sensitive roles, minimal supervision of bank reconciliations, lack of involvement of Internal Audit in review of treasury systems and lack of CCTV cameras in server rooms.”

The fundamental weaknesses in the Treasury touching on key internal controls were the responsibility of the Commissioner Internal audit under the Accountant General.

“The Committee finds it unbelievable that there was no internal audit function at the Treasury.”

It further established that it is the responsibility of the Accountant General under the Public Finance and Accountability Act, 2003 and Regulation 27 (3) to ensure that there is an effective internal audit function in each Ministry, Department or Agency of Government.

However, then Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Kassami, on his part explained that the Ministry had recognized its mistakes and has put in place measures to control such next time.

“Generic passwords have been replaced with specific passwords, bank reconciliations are done promptly to detect fraud in time, an internal audit function has been established at the Treasury and cameras have been installed in the server room,” said Kassami while meeting PAC early this year.

The Committee recommended the Accountant General to be held responsible for failing to ensure an effective internal audit function at the Ministry.

“The Internal Audit in Government be strengthened to ensure its independence by separating its mandate and reporting structure from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development,” adds the Committee.


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